Quality of weaning food

QUALITY OF WEANING FOOD

 

The weaning food should:

  • have high energy content and provide essential nutrients like iron, Vitamin A and C and proteins, which are usually deficient in child’s diet.
  • be easy to digest
  • be semi-solid to mashed in consistency, but not watery
  • be fresh and hygienic
  • not be expensive and should be easy to prepare

Improper introduction of these foods is fraught with danger of:

  • Loose motions due to infection from unhygienic preparation
  • Poor nutritional status related to inadequate calorie intake due to:
    • less frequency and/or  quantity of feeds
    • poor nutritional quality: low in calories, fats, proteins and micronutrients